Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, was found during a Feb. 11 routine inspection to be noncompliant with the Medicare conditions-of-participation rules for hospitals, according to a March 5 letter sent by the Boston regional CMS office to the hospital's president, Peter Slavin.
CMS cites Massachusetts General
Details of the deficiencies have not been made available, but the letter, sent by CMS Branch Chief Richard Shaw, indicated that the 907-bed hospital did not meet Medicare conditions for participation in several areas, including governance, medical and nursing staff, medical-records services and infection control. “These deficiencies have been determined to be of such a serious nature as to substantially limit your hospital's capacity to render adequate care and prevent it from being in compliance with all the Medicare conditions of participation for hospitals,” Shaw wrote.
The findings will not affect Massachusetts General's Joint Commission accreditation, Medicare reimbursement or current status as a Medicare participating provider, but the hospital is required to submit a plan of correction for each of the deficiencies by March 15, according to the letter.
A Massachusetts General spokeswoman declined to comment on the letter, but said that the hospital is in the process of preparing its response to the CMS citation.
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